Automotive Photographer & Cinematographer

Documentary – Treatment/Storyboard


For my Documentary I’v decided to base it around one of my closest friends Tom Busby who lost his dream of competing in the London 2012 olympics due to a shoulder injury, representing Team GB in Boxing.

I have some visual ideas that I feel would work really well for the style of what we are going for, in a gritty boxing gym in Coventry on location shooting, I feel like any shot would look great!

Broken Dreams – Treatment

INTRODUCTION – Cinematic shots of the gym, pulls of focus on different areas, and panning shots of the gym setting the scene for where we are and getting that gritty old school boxing gym.

SCENE 1 – I think we should have Tom training then getting in the ring to talk to the camera leaning over the ropes, almost as if he’s looking down talking to his trainer. Where he will be telling his story about his boxing career how he got into etc, with some cutaways to archive footage of some of his matches in the ring.

SCENE 2 – As the story develops and it gets into the injury part of the story, I was picturing  Tom on the punch bag unleashing his built up anger about the injury, shouting out his emotions of when it happened and how it felt to learn the news.

SCENE 3 – After we have finished that section I was thinking about going onto some shots of Tom lacing up his boxing boots, and putting on his boxing gloves, then throwing on his boxing robe, to walk out to fight again. whilst he talks over the top of the shots about his comeback and recovering from the horrible injury which shattered his GB dream.


There are a lot of other shots I’ll be trying and experimenting with as access to Tom is good as he only lives down the road from me. I was going to try a shot in his shed at home where he has his own punch bag, of lighting him like a silhouette and see how it turns out. If it turns out well i may try to implement it into the final edit.

The meaning of this documentary is to bring out the emotion and passion Tom has for boxing and how he felt when he was told he wouldn’t be able to compete in the event he had been working up to for some years. The end of the documentary should emphasise that Tom is on the road to recovery and the fight to get back into the ring.



Author: iimatt

Hello everybody, my names Matthew Clifford I'm 20, living in Coventry and studying a BA Hons Degree in Media Production at Coventry University, I would see myself as a media professional, I'm always looking for interesting media jobs in the industry. I have a great sense of humor and i would see myself as a very approachable guy, if you have anything u want to ask me then go ahead, i dont bite.

3 thoughts on “Documentary – Treatment/Storyboard

  1. Good sense of visuals and content. Good break down with detail of types of shots, mood and visual atmosphere – such as the shed – this could be stylish!

  2. Have looked at this since the workshop and one point to reconsider is the use of archive. If you shoot actuality and have the audience in the atmosphere you want them in is it then correct to break the flow with use of archive to ‘illustrate’. Is there another way you can deal with the past by using shots of the area of injury or get him to ‘bandage up’?

    Make sure you get clean interview audio (possibly done in a quiet location) and at least 5 minute of wildtrack audio. You can then layer the 2.

    • The archive footage, i was just going to flicker to, like good punch’s he has connected with and his arm being raised at the end of a fight.

      It may break the flow but il get the footage from him and see how it looks. The interview part will be done in a quite location. appreciate you looking over my stuff.

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